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December 16-31 Profiles in Catholicism

Updated: Jan 1, 2020

A Message from the Editor

Politics affect immigration policies globally. But in the United States, immigration policies are based on racism. The heinous crime of separating children from their parents creates irreparable psychological harm to these children. Our silence in response to this crime implicitly makes us an accomplice.

Special Prayer

A Prayer for Migrant Children

Good Lord, who said “Whoever receives one of these little ones, receives me,” bless the little ones who are caught in the struggle of migration, separation, and abuse. Give all those adults who are responsible for them and for their welfare the wisdom and courage to do the children justice and to protect them. Make our hearts more, loving and willing to do the right thing by them. May we see in all people young and old your image and so reverence their great dignity. We make our prayer through you who came among us as a child and who was forced to flee the threat of violence Amen

by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

A Quote to Remember

“The Church is Mother, and her motherly attention is expressed with special tenderness and closeness to those who are obliged to flee their own country and exist between rootlessness and integration. This tension destroys people. Christian compassion—this ‘suffering with’ compassion—is expressed first of all in the commitment to obtain knowledge of the events that force people to leave their homeland, and where necessary, to give voice to those who cannot manage to make their cry of distress and oppression heard. They are all elements that dehumanize and must push every Christian and the whole community to concrete attention.”

by Pope Francis


General Articles/Commentaries

by Francesca Pierigh International Catholic Migration Commission

Link to Ireland Immigration Challenges

by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service/Chicago Catholic

Link to General Immigration Challenges

by The Tablet

Link to Separation of Children from their Parents

by Catherine McCall MS, LMFT Psychology Today

Featured Report

by Independent Catholic News

Link to War/Terrorism/Genocide

by David Porter and Michael R. Sisak Religion News Service

Link to Antisemitism

by Soli Salgado Global Sisters Report

Link to Human Trafficking

by IrishCentral Staff IrishCentral

by Crux Staff Crux

Link to African Challenges

by Aoife Moore Irish Examiner

by Inés San Martín Crux

Link to Suicide/Assisted Suicide/Euthanasia

by Abbott Koloff and Deena Yellin Bergen Record

Link to Sexual Violence Against Women

by Brian Kelly

Link to Spirituality and Poetry

by Patti Maguire Armstrong Our Sunday Visitor

Link to Sports and Spirituality

Link to Exorcism and Satanism

by Elise Harris Crux

by Angelo Stagnaro National Catholic Register

Link to Leprosy

by Catholic News World

by Kate Anderton, News Medical

by Ian MacDougal ProPublica

Link to General Violence Challenges

by The Editors America

Link to Nuclear Challenges

by Joe Doyle

by Eilas Crim Patheos

by Elise Harris Angelus

Link to Environment Challenges

by Fr. Matthew Schneider Patheos

Link to Human Rights

by Catholic News Service/National Catholic Reporter

by Inés San Martín Crux

Link to Women's Challenges

by Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service/The Pilot

by Elise Harris Crux

by The Editors America

by Fr Michael McGinnity Vatican News

by Janet Patterson CNS News

by Elise Harris Crux

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Book Reviews/Commentaries

Film Reviews/Commentaries

Commentary by Mark Pattison Catholic News Agency /The Pilot

Commentary by Perry West Catholic News Agency/Angelus

Commentary by Kate O'Hare Patheos

Television Reviews/Commentaries

Reviewed by Bill McCormick, SJ The Jesuit Post

Commentary by Jim McDermott America

Theater Reviews/Commentaries

Reviewed by Rob Weinert-Kendt America

Feasting with the Saints

  • January 06 Twelfth Night (Epiphany)


A Prayer for Those Who Have Suffered Abuse by the Clergy

God, in your providential love you comfort those who are wounded and afflicted.

Hear our prayers for those who have suffered abuse by those in their families or by those entrusted with their care. In a special way, we pray for those who suffered abuse by clergy who betrayed a sacred trust and who were meant to stand for your loving presence in their lives. May those who have been hurt find support and encouragement in communities of faith, hope, and love. May they discover healing in genuinely loving and caring relationship. May they reclaim hope for themselves. May they be strengthened and confirmed in their resolve to set things aright. May they rest in you who make all things work for the good. Amen by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism

I Am Becoming a Catholic

He called me...At first it was a tiny call and I said:

"Well I am listening" He called again and again I said:

"I am listening"

Sometimes His voice is strong and clear,

other times I can hardly hear Him,

Sometimes He calls me when I am looking at a beautiful sunset,

Sometimes He calls me when I am helping to serve the homeless,

sometimes He calls me when I am out to dinner with friends.

I am still listening

He wants me to follow Him now and always.

He wants me to follow Him in joy and solitude.

He wants me to follow Him when others are in need.

He wants me to follow Him when I have chosen to hurt Him

and then say I am sorry.

He is after me night and day.

He is after me at the dawn of a new day.

He is after me when daylight disappears.

His never ending loving call is for ME!

I want to belong to Him and His Church.

I want His presence to become stronger in my everyday life.

I want Him to love me now and forever.

I say YES and again YES.

He hugs me with a strong embrace.

He and I are together with the rest of His followers.Now and forever. by Holy Name RC(A Committee Profiles in Catholicism

A Prayer to End Gun Violence

Lord Jesus, as you approached the city of Jerusalem, Before your passion,As your people waved palms in your honor, You saw the city and wept over it because you Loved it.

You knew of the violence and chaos you would suffer In that beloved city still you loved it and wept over it. Lord Jesus, look upon our cities, weep over them, Love them and protect them. Weep over us and strengthen us as we suffer Violence and chaos. Weep over us and love us. Lord Jesus, weep over us and love us. (See Lk 19) by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M.. Profiles in Catholicism


Mother Asked Why She Didn't Have Abortion, Answer Touches Hearts of Her Critics - Erika Kurre

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Cancer and Faith: The Spiritual Graces and Challenges of Physical Suffering

HE DIED AND MET GOD, AND HE WASN'T READY. The incredible near-death experience of Fr. Rick Wendell

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